Mission Accomplished (Part 2)

Day 2: San Antonio to Taos

Feeling defeated, Nina and I half-heartedly mulled over our options at breakfast the next morning. Flying all of us at the last minute would be too expensive. Flying just myself would miss the point of the vacation entirely. Driving, for obvious reasons, seemed out of the question. Staying home […]

Mission Accomplished (Part 1)

After a rather inauspicious start, we did what we set out to do. 55 workouts and 91 miles of running over 10 weeks of training (with 0 injuries!) culminated in unforgettable 6- and 9-mile trail runs over some of the most beautiful terrain I’ve ever seen. As it turned out, though, the runs were […]

Good Vibrations

Today is the beginning of week 5 of my training and I am happy to say that all is progressing well and I have remained, knock on wood, injury free. The Power Plate continues to be a mainstay in my preparation and I can honestly say that without it I would have hurt myself […]

Here We Go

Despite my broken toe still aching, I can’t afford to wait another week to begin my run training so it’s “go” time. Since we don’t own any cardio equipment that plugs into the wall, I asked a buddy of mine if I could use a treadmill at his place to gauge what it feels […]

Peak of Madness

I’m not a long-distance runner. Never have been. I grew up playing the more traditional sports such as football, basketball, baseball, and lacrosse. I’m not built for running – physically or mentally. It hurts and, to be honest, I’m not very good at it. Yet, somehow I got suckered into running not one, but […]

Rand’s Story

Sometimes fate presents you with challenges that force you to elevate your game. Rand was one such challenge. His reassignment was bittersweet but I am a better trainer for knowing him.

I met Steve in Oct of 2010 with some challenging physical issues. As a US Army helicopter pilot, I was grounded from flying due to physical […]

Ray’s Story

In 15 years of training, no one has taken my advice and run with it like my buddy Ray. His story, in his own words, is below. I hope you find it as inspirational as I do.

Like most people after high school I began to put on the pounds.  I’m 6’-0” tall and by […]

My Interview for Optimum Sports Performance.

I recently had the honor of being interviewed by Patrick Ward of Optimum Sports Performance. Patrick is an extremely knowledgeable and talented strength coach in his own right so I was grateful to have the opportunity to answer a few questions regarding my background and philosophy on strength and conditioning. I include it here […]

It Depends.

I just finished answering a few questions for an article being written by our local health & fitness columnist Claudia Zapata. I’m not sure how much of it is going to be used in the piece so I thought that I’d include my responses in their entirety here. No sense in letting my genius […]

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure.

I doubt Benjamin Franklin was talking about the training of young athletes when he coined the phrase but he might as well have been. Getting an early jump on resistance training can go along way towards preventing injuries later on.

How early is “early”? According to the position stand of the National Strength and Conditioning […]